Muskegon Makes Agreement with Lac Vieux Desert Band
February 13, 2008
MUSKEGON, MI - Muskegon city commissioners approved an agreement Tuesday with
the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewas related to the tribe's
proposal to build a casino in Muskegon. The terms are non-binding and
non-exclusionary, so a similar agreement is expected with the Little River Band,
who proposed a casino in downtown Muskegon.
This agreement would be effective if the Lac Vieux Desert Band are successful
with building their casino. The terms include the following.
- The Lac Vieux casino would be limited to the SPX building on Muskegon Lake.
The tribe would pay the city for police, fire and utility services in the amount of $2 million over five years, plus 4 percent of gaming revenues.
25 percent of all construction workers would have to be city residents
20 percent of all licensed workers would have to be city residents
50 percent of all nonlicensed workers would have to be city residents
The tribe would pay for employee training costs.
Hiring preference would go to tribal members.
- The agreement would terminate in September 2009 unless extended due to litigation.
If built, the casino would generate up to $4.5 million a year in new revenues to the city.
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